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10:44 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Seattle's free-ride zone is ending; 'funeral' is set for Friday

Members of the Transit Riders Union shown earlier this month. The group has been protesting the elimination of the ride-free area.
Jake Ellison KPLU

A cultural shift is taking place in Seattle. It’s the elimination of a free-ride zone downtown, for bus riders.

It’s been in place for four decades. And on Friday (Sept. 28) it will go away. 

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3:34 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Documentary explores fatigue among 'helping professions'

From left to right, student filmmakers Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Hailey Rile and Katie Scaff interview the keynote speaker at a compassion fatigue conference in Ontario, Canada. Courtesy of PLU

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 4:34 pm

TACOMA, Wash. - Northwest states have long been top producers of Peace Corps volunteers and are also home to some of the biggest global relief charities. What gets less attention is the post-traumatic stress and burnout some of those workers come home with. A new documentary premiering in Seattle Saturday explores "compassion fatigue" among the "helping professions."

A string of natural disasters in the news last year and the imminent 10th anniversary of 9/11 made some communication and English majors at Pacific Lutheran University curious.

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